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PISTONS (8) 90, CAVALIERS (1) 107

LeBron James inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to a game two victory over the Detroit Pistons after a third quarter explosion saw them pull away from the visitors in the second period following a tight first half at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers led 55-53 at the half but then outscored the Pistons 27-15 after the interval due to an offensive masterclass by James. The King had a game-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting in an efficient night all round for the team where they shot 50 percent from the field and 52 percent from downtown.

J.R. Smith had the hot hand throughout the encounter, pouring in seven of those threes for his 21 points which helped the Cavs create history in the process. 

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The team was rolling from behind the arc and made 20 in total, tying an NBA playoff record and breaking a franchise record.

The other members of Cleveland's Big Three, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, once again played their part, contributing 22 points and 16 points respectively. Love also pulled down 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons in scoring with 20 points as he was a dominating presence for them in the low-post. It was the big man's free throws that affected the Motor City franchise, however, going 4-16 from the charity stripe as the Cavs intentionally fouled him at every opportunity to gain an advantage which they wouldn't relinquish.

HORNETS (6) 103, HEAT (3) 115

The Miami Heat secured back-to-back double-digit wins over the Hornets after another clinic on the offensive end. The South Beach franchise outscored their opponents 43-31 in the second quarter and poured in a season-high 72 points in the first half and never looked back.

Charlotte Hornets v Miami Heat - Game One

Dwyane Wade put on a vintage display as he drove the team with 28 points and eight assists including some big buckets down the stretch to thwart an attempted Charlotte comeback late in the game.

Hassan Whiteside added 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks as he continues to impress in his first ever appearance in the postseason. Goran Dragic (18) and Luol Deng (16) also reached double figures to put Miami firmly in control in the series.

Erik Spoelstra's men became the first team to score 115 points in consecutive games since the 1995-96 Orlando Magic. As a team, they shot an impressive 57.9 percent and 56,2 percent from behind the arc. 

The Hornets, by comparison, shot a lowly 6.2 percent from three-point range, but on a more positive note, Kemba Walker ended with a game-high 29 points as the series now switches to North Carolina where Steve Clifford's team have a mountain to climb.

TRAIL BLAZERS (5) 81, CLIPPERS (4) 102

Not to be outdone by his best friends in Cleveland and Miami, Chris Paul put on a show of his own as the Clippers sealed another 20+ point victory against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers.

Paul once again took on the scoring responsibility for the Clippers as he dropped 25 points to go with 5 assists and six rebounds. 

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

Though the L.A. Clippers ran out comfortable winners, the encounter was closer than the score would suggest. The Blazers stuck around for three-quarters and went into the fourth down just six, but a 35-20 outburst by the home side blow the game wide open. 

J.J. Redick contributed to a strong backcourt showing by the Los Angeles outfit as he put up 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting. DeAndre Jordan owned the boards on the night as he grabbed 18 of them in the contest.

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

Doc Rivers had a strong production from his bench too as they scored 43 points on the night, with the Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford having 11 of those at the Staples Center 

Damian Lillard had 21 points for Portland but they were no match for the Clippers again as they now head to Rip City with a 2-0 series deficit to overcome.

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